Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to All Souls' Day
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Skeleton Esqueleto Puppets and Día de Muertos Ofrendas
by Museum of International Folk Art
Two activities associated with Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) for students in grades 1-8. Also known as All Souls' Day, Día de Muertos is rooted in both indigenous and Catholic religious belief and is increasingly being celebrated throughout the United States. The Skeleton Esqueleto Puppets activity will help students learn how puppets can reflect the cultures from which they come from, using Mexican skeleton puppets as an example. The Día de Muertos Ofrendas activity will give students an understanding of how ofrendas, or altars, are set up in people's homes for dead relatives during this holiday. The activities correlate to New Mexico State Content Standards for Art and Social Studies.
|Grade Level: K-2; 3-5; 6-8
||Curriculum: History and Social Studies; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Activities
|Subjects: Religious life and customs; Holidays; Altars; Puppets; All Souls' Day; Mexico--Social life and customs; Crafts; Decorative arts
Geographic locations: United States; Mexico
Museum of International Folk Art
PO Box 2087
Santa Fe NM 87504-2087